Nowadays it seems as if there are not a lot of people in the lime light that are good role models. Even when they act like great people and respectable role models for a while, the picture that covers up their real image seems to be removed. These strong comments come from a disappointing discover I made the other day. I, like the rest of the world, discovered the truth behind Lance Armstrong. If you do not know what I am talking about, you can read this article which will shed some light on the situation.
Lance Armstrong did some amazing thing such as defeating cancer and staying a charity for cancer, no one can take that from the man. However, I thought he stood for so much more. I thought he was a dedicated athlete who took pride in his integrity. I now no he is just like the rest of them. It seems that situations like this happen so often such as with Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, and The Penn State Scandal,. It is not just athletics though; just take a look at government officials. It seems every day there is a new scandal with this governor and that senator, even the secret service is getting in on the corruption. It doesn’t stop there, just look at the financial crisis.
The point I am getting at here is that the individuals that are in the lime light, at least in the United States (I don’t follow too much world news), have lost their sense of ethics and morals. Don’t get me wrong, I am not attacking ever influential figure because there are people like Oprah and Tim Tebow who seem to be great role models. However that is just it, I feel the need to use the word seem. You never know what some investigative journalist is going to find in a couple of years. You never know who you can trust or who you should look up to. You end up having doubts about everyone. I can’t help but wonder if it was always like this. Was the world always this corrupted?
Back to my point though, is there any one we can look up to today? I think there is. We can look up to our parents, our sisters, our brother, our grandparents, but most of all we should look up to ourselves. Take a minute and evaluate yourself. I want you to imaging you are you are floating over your body and are watching what you doing. Look at what is important to you and what your actions say about you. Is this the kind of person you would look up to? Often times, parents are role models to their children good or bad. Is the person you are today someone you would want your child taking after?
Sometimes it is hard to do the right thing and follow your moral compass, sometimes it is extremely hard. It could also be hard just knowing what the right thing to do is. This is why you need to know yourself. You need to know what it is that you value. You need to know where your moral compass is point before you can go in that direction. To help find your directions try this: whenever you are faced with a situation where it is hard to go in the right directions or you don’t know what the right direction is, play the questions game. Ask yourself: how would I feel if what I am about to do was published in the local newspaper? How would I feel if my (insert person you would not want to disappoint here such as mom or grandma) knew I did what I am about to do? Who would I feel if my little sibling followed me and did what I was about to do?
The last question brings up an important point: you are already a role model. Whether it is you little siblings, maybe even your older siblings, the kid you baby sit, or even your friends. You are probably a role model to someone even if you don’t know it. So ask yourself, are you the kind of person you other people should look up to?